My second book and a giveaway!


  Yay, Yasemin Mosby, you are the winner of a copy of my new book!!


Last week was a great week! The mailman delivered my stack of We Love to Sew Bedrooms! I have been so excited for the release of my second book and was thrilled to be able to have a really good look at the finished product.
This book was a labor of love for me and I enjoyed every minute of putting together a book for girls to be able to create their own spaces. With Pinterest and all the great online magazines out there, tweens and teens are becoming really interested in creating their own sense of style, not only in how they dress, but also how their space looks. I tried really hard to create projects to inspire them in this!

I also feel so fortunate to have had the lovely Denyse Schmidt write such a sweet message to all those creative kids out there! Her story of growing up with clever, crafty and resourceful parents will be sure to make you smile. I love how she calls my book a "book of ideas- a starting point for your own individual style" That is exactly what it is...It is meant to inspire kids to be who they want to be...and that is a great thing!

I have a signed copy to give away! All you need to do is leave a comment and I will select a winner on April 1!














Time to get Creative!!





As most of you know, last year I filmed 5 crafty video workshops with Creativebug! It was so much fun, Ruby and I loved every minute. Well here is the exciting thing about Creativebug, now you can subscribe to the website and watch as many videos as you like for one price of $9.95 per month. That is like 2 lattes and a people magazine!

I will be giving them as gifts this year for all my crafty friends...you should too!

I am especially excited to take Lisa Congdon's line drawing class this March...I am such a fan!


                      





                                  Creative Video Workshops on Creativebug.com

Palm Springs Crafting.....Kids edition


I am just back from a wonderful week (and a bit) in dreamy Palm Springs. I was so lucky to be teaching at both the Heather Ross Mother daughter craft/sewing weekend but also the craft/sewing weekend for the grown ups!

What can  say about the Mother daughter weekend....it was just fantastic!
9 sweet girls and their mothers arrived at the Ace Hotel to craft and sew away the weekend with the lovely Jodie Levine, Heather and I. Janome were kind enough to provide us with the most amazing sewing machines ever! The memory craft 8900 was unbelieveable. And don't get me started on the Cameo Silhouette machine that we were lucky enough to work with!

We worked on cross body bags and cut paper chandeliers, embroidered pets and felt flower ponchos....I was able to teach with some of my favorite people and watch these girls jump into every project with excitement!

 My favorite part had to be that after every project, they would wear whatever they had made. At the end of the weekend, these girls were wearing EVERYTHING all at the same time..so proud of their handiwork!

Can't wait until next year!

















The year in a nutshell.





2013 was quite a year for Little Pincushion Studio and my little sewing classes. In the space of 12 months, my first book was released; I finished work on my second and am now halfway through my third. Now that I type it I cannot quite believe it is true (no wonder I am exhausted!)

I filmed some fun sewing classes with Creativebug…something I had wanted to do for the longest time! The videos they make are so beautiful and I am so excited to be involved with them!

 I went home for a long overdue visit with family and the best friends a girl could ask for.

My kids grew…….a lot!!

My hubbie became the best chef, laundry manager and all around house-husband (on top of his full time job) to help me get it all done. 

I have made some amazing new friends whose emails, kind words, sweet gestures and choc chip cookies have brightened my days. All in all, it was an amazing year!

2014 is already shaping up to be a great one! Many, many new kids are coming through the studio doors and I truly love every minute of teaching them every day.

My new year’s resolution is to enjoy every single day and appreciate every little opportunity. Oh and also to blog a little more frequently!


Happy 2014 friends!









It's a fantastic Creativebug Giveaway!!





I am so excited to share the Creativebug love with you all this holiday season. So thanks to the awesome folks at Creativebug, I am offering this amazing giveaway of a free 3 month subscription to Creativebug. Thats right! You get 3 full months of full access to all of Creativebug's awesome crafty classes. Knitting, they have it. Sewing, yep, they have that too. From crafts to quilting and embroidery, there is something for everyone! I think it is perfect for a cozy crafting break over the holidays!
Ok, so if this isn't enough..I can sweeten the deal with another free 3 month subscription for you to give to your Bestie! Yay!




All you need to do is leave a comment here on my blog and pop over and like my facebook page. On Christmas eve I will randomly choose a winner and you will find your 3 month membership in your inbox on Christmas day!





Give the gift of handmade and buy a subscription for a friend (you can even customize the subscription start date). Or, buy one for yourself if you’re sticking to handmade gifts this year and want to beef up your own sewing/knitting/quilting skills.
 Snap up these great prices:
3-month subscription for $30
6-month subscription for $60
12-month subscription for $99
 Subscribers get access to video workshops that cover everything from embroidery, to upholstery, to flower arranging. If you’ve ever wanted to nudge your friend in the direction of an amazing hobby, this is where to push them.





Festive Antler Headband



We are slowly creeping our way into the holiday season and this time of year always means crafty get togethers! This year I got together with Alessandra Gutierrez  of Tribal Times and we came up with a sweet little craft for you! A festive antler headband, perfect for those holiday pictures! This is a simple craft to do with the kiddos while sipping hot chocolate and listening to holiday tunes
Materials List:
-Martha Stewart crafter’s clay
-headband
-glitter
-hot glue gun
-tacky glue
Step 1:
Roll the clay in your hands till it becomes malleable and shape it into an antler shape. It is easy to make three little rolls and attach them all together to make the shape.  Let them air dry overnight. 
Step 2: 
Using your tacky glue, apply a small amount where you would like the glitter to be. If you prefer a more natural look just leave them the original clay color. Hot glue into place on the headband. That's it!
Enjoy! 

My week at Penland...


Maximalist Embroidery with Rebecca Ringquist at Penland School of Craft.....a week in North Carolina and newly inspired! Being surrounded by such a wonderful group of creative people was just the retreat that I needed.
Not only is Rebecca jaw dropping talented...she is also one of the sweetest gals around. If you are in Virginia, run! don't walk to her exhibition at James Madison University. Check out her blog and take a look at her amazing work.




Rebecca's amazing samplers

color!!

The beginning of something..

working from sketches

each so very different!

progression

heaven in the mountains!


stunning!



finished work

the amazing vicki!

work by Maureen Kathleen Iverson!

The amazing Rebecca!

Galen and Maureen

Vicki
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